The Best Easy Dice Games for Young Children!

Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Games | 32 comments

Best Dice Games for Young Children

I’ve had times when there’s been a long wait! Ugh! When you’re waiting, time seems to crawl and it is so- o-o-o boring! Have you noticed that time goes faster when you’re having fun? Well, keep dice handy for those long wait times especially when you have young children with you!  It doesn’t take much room to always have a few dice in your purse or pocket just ready for appointments, airport, airplane, bus or car rides. The time seems shorter by having a little fun! I’ll share a few that I have used.

There are loads of  dice game variations, but keep it simple and to their level.

Dice games are great for number recognition, patterns, and many other math skills, too!

1. Simple Dice Game:

(you can use any number of dice for this game)

Choose a number and roll the dice. You score a point every time you roll that number. When you roll that number, you get another turn. When that number is not rolled, the turn is over. Mark the tally for each time you roll the number.  First one to a certain score of 10 points wins! (Set the point total low for young children and higher for older ages.)

2. Bugs

 Requires only 1 die or you can speed it up by using two. With two, the player gets to choose which number they want to use for the drawing.

In this game, each number on the die represents one part of the bug.

#1 = Body, #2 =Head, #3 =Leg, #4=eye, #5= antenna, #6=tail

Each player needs to roll a #1 to start and then can add each detail to that part. For instance, you cannot add each eye until you have rolled a #2 for the head, but you can add each leg that goes on the main body (need to roll a “3” for each one) . The first player to finish their bug, wins.

You can vary this with a bunny, cat, snowman, face, mouse etc. Just decide what number stands for each part to go on the picture.

3. Pig

 Requires one die

In this game each player rolls the die.  If you roll anything except a “1” you can add that score or take a chance and roll again. You can keep rolling and add that number to your score until you roll a “1”.   If you roll a “1 “, you lose all the amount you scored on that turn. It is the player’s option to quit at anytime and take the score up to that point.  The first player to 100 wins.

4. Beat That  

Each player rolls two dice and writes the highest value number that you can make with the two numbers on the dice. For instance, if a player rolls a 6 and a 1, they would write “61”. The next player rolls the dice and tries to beat that number. The player with the highest number on a round, scores a point. First player to 10 points wins.  Vary this for multiplication. Multiply the two dice numbers rolled and the highest value on the round scores a point. Add a third die and then roll all three. Add the lowest two and then multiply it by the highest number.  Again, the highest number of the round scores a point.

5. Going to Town

This game uses addition. Play with 3 dice. Roll and keep the highest die. Roll the remaining two and keep the highest. Roll the last die and add the three numbers for your total score.  Play several rounds and the highest total wins.

6. Ladder

On a piece of paper, draw a ladder and number 1-6 on both sides of the rungs from bottom to top. This game requires two dice. Each number 1-6 is crossed off on one side before they can come back down the ladder on the other side. For instance, if a player rolls a 1 and a 2, they can cross off both the 1 and 2 or they can add them and cross off the 3.  For older players, you can go to 10 on the rungs; younger players go to 6. When all the numbers are eliminated, that player wins.

There are so many variations of these games that I could go on and on. These are just a few that are handy to keep in mind when you need something to fill some time. Of course, there is Farkel and Yahtzee, but these take some strategy and are for older kids. I’m concentrating on age 4 through early elementary.

Hope these suggestions help! What are your favorite dice games? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Forgot the dice? Need a quick link to dice games online? Go to playonlinedicegames.

Playing online eliminates the interaction between parent and child along with teaching the math skills, but in a pinch it will do!

Keep those dice handy!

Have fun!

Phyllis (Oma)


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  1. I work in the memory care unit at an assisted living facility for seniors. Many of them have dementia and I was looking for some simple dice games for them to play. These are perfect!

    • Bless you for working in the memory care unit! So glad these games will work!

  2. We just did Yahtzee with our 5 year old, and I think it was a little too much for her. She didn’t get the strategy and just wanted to keep dice just because without understanding the combinations you are supposed to be going for. These look like great ideas for games she could get into!

    • Yes, they work with 5 yr. olds! I even had 2 yr olds playing!

  3. we love dice games here and I have another for you – Poof!! you use 10 dice and the goal is to get the high score – 3 of a kind counts in the 100’s – so three 2’s is 200, etc. BUT three 1’s in the same roll is 1000!! a single 1 is 100 and a single 5 is 50. You can take a three of a kind or a 1 or 5 per throw of the dice, move to the side. If you roll and do not get a 3 of a kind, 1 or 5, you POOF! Bonus – use all the die, you can start over with all the dice and do it again, adding to your score. It gets harder as you remove the die, so you have to be smart and try to not take too many low point 3of a kinds so your chance at a higher score increases. It quite fun once you get the hang of it. I hope this made sense lol!

    • That’s the same game as Farkle only I think you use only 6 dice. Thanks!

  4. This is so neat! I’ll have to remember this for my nieces!

    Thanks for joining the Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Yes, kids love these!

  5. I have played Beat That with my grandchildren before. (I think I even found the rules on your site before. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday.

    • Great! It’s fun!

  6. Cool. Got here while looking for dice games. Got ideas for a couple dice games. Would love to put those up online

    • Did you want me to link to your site?

  7. I love these. I am a grandmother and these are just right for playing with my grandchildren I have pinned it so I remember where they are. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! They are quick and easy! Fun, too!

  8. What great games! I’m going to print them out so that I have the directions ready for when the grandkids come that we can play these games.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party!

    All the best,

    • Great learning games, too!

  9. hello love these dice games. they r really goooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hi Phyllis – I love these games and was hoping you don’t mind me copying them and sending them out to my sons friends? Instead of giving them rubbishy plastic toys for the birthday bag, I’m collecting dice, marble and card games and will write a little flyer plus add a few dice & Marbles –
    would you mind if I include your games?

    • Please put that this post is copyrighted and included the website. Thank you!

  11. Dice games are great because they don’t require a lot of space to play. Thanks for all the ideas.

    • That’s the beauty of them. You can take them anywhere!

  12. H! Found you on Monday Kid Corner. Love these dice game ideas. Thanks for sharing! Now following you on Bloglovin’

  13. It’s always great to find easy ways to keep the kids occupied that don’t require a lot of things. I think almost everyone has some dice on hand!

  14. Fabulous ideas! I teach, so I’m going to incorporate some of these for sure.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us

  15. We just did Yahtzee with our 5 year old, and I think it was a little too much for her. She didn’t get the strategy and just wanted to keep dice just because without understanding the combinations you are supposed to be going for. These look like great ideas for games she could get into!

    The Hot Toddies of Washington

  16. Great games for the kiddos! Thanks for sharing this at the Pinterest Power Party!!


  17. Sounds fun! My kids love dice games! Thank you for sharing on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  18. What a terrific idea. Please share it (and any others) on my family-focused Kid Corner @ You may just get highlighted next week 🙂 Jennifer

  19. Great games! WE have tons of little nieces and nephews so will have to try this. Saw this on Monday Funday! Come party with us on our Tuesday Brag About It! Thanks ~ Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

  20. Really great games.

  21. Bring on a rainy day! These would be so fun to play with my girls on those story Summer afternoons! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  22. Thanks for the feature!


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